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Everything you do and learn during medical school contributes to the total package you submit when applying for residency. However, it's not just the events that take place (e.g., a research project, a leave of absence), but how you handle them. No one expects you to be perfect — but residency programs do expect to see that you try hard, learn from your mistakes, are open to feedback, and strive to improve.

Maximize your experiences during medical school, learning and growing as much as possible. Use these strategies to strive for positive outcomes including personal and professional development as well as to successfully recover from and move past less than ideal situations.

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    Choosing a specialty is one of the biggest decisions you'll make in your career, so it's important to gather information that might impact your choice. It's never too early to get started.

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    Clinical experiences are your chance to learn the nitty-gritty of what it’s like to practice. Identifying extracurricular clinical opportunities early in medical school, strategically approaching scheduling your fourth year, and effectively evaluating your clinical experiences can provide significant advantages in helping you learn about and narrow your list of specialties.

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    Begin your specialty exploration by selecting from our list of more than 120 specialties and subspecialties. For each, you'll find descriptions of the work the physicians do, salary, training requirements and the match, salary and workforce information, and links to relevant organizations and publications.

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    As you explore specialties and map out your career, you might find your values and interests are leading you in a different direction. Explore some of the non-clinical career options that might be the right fit for you.

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    Getting experience is vital to choosing a specialty that will fit best for you. Beyond required clerkships and elective rotations, research experiences or other clinical opportunities can be a valuable source of specialty information. Learn about fellowships, internships, summer programs, scholarships, and grants currently available in the United States and abroad.

    For more information about a program, please contact the program directly.

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